7.30pm on Thursday 26 July at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: $15 non-members; $10 members
Acoustic Routes is delighted to welcome our guests this month. A wonderfully vibrant addition to the Wellington folk scene, Vic Folk got started in early 2017 with a St Patrick’s Day ceilidh in the Aro Valley Community Centre. It’s based on student membership at Victoria University, but welcomes participation from anyone who’s interested and offers all kinds of opportunities to learn, play and
dance to traditional Celtic music.
In April this year, they played for International Dance Day at Te Papa where they had about two hundred people up and dancing in the second floor foyer!
See it here. Vic Folk has mostly been about playing for dances, as well as informal music making in sessions, so they see this concert as a chance to polish some of that material up for performance and offer some of the lift and excitement that they like to bring to their ceilidhs.
Check out their website, here.
7.30pm on Thursday 28 June at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: $15 non-members; $10 members
What do you get when an acclaimed acoustic blues player teams up with a mandolin maestro and harmony singer of note? Beautiful songs underpinned by Dave’s driving guitar and topped with Janet’s sparkling mandolin and lush harmonies. Sit back and listen to an eclectic selection of songs sung with passion, power and delicacy.
Janet and Dave will be ably supported by a new line-up of well-kent performers; Garry Smith, Anne Russell and Kevin Ikin lead the singing with accompaniment on guitar, ukulele, harmonica and percussion, and Marie Russell is the narrator for a set called “Dodgers and Deserters: Songs and stories about the men who refused to go to war“.
This musical essay combines original songs, narration and images to tell stories about men who didn’t go to war – the ‘dodgers and deserters’. Most of the songs are based on true stories about people and events in Taranaki. Ranging from ballads to blues and acapella numbers, the songs and stories are sympathetic to the men who declined to go to the world wars.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer, Dominic is an exceptionally talented young musician and the current holder of the JA Pan Memorial Trophy for the most improved performer, awarded at last year’s AGM. It is our great pleasure to give him the stage for his Trophy performance.
7.30pm on Thursday 24 May at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: $15 non-members; $10 members
To celebrate New Zealand Music Month we have four great acts from the Wellington area – Don Franks, Simple Gifts (Sue Rose and Philippa Boy), Cindy Muggeridge, and Ktoo (Kevin McLoughlin and Kevin Ikin – photo to come). Come and celebrate with us the wealth of talent we have right here in our midst! More details in the May Balladeer.
4.30pm on Sunday 22 April at The Office, Newtown, Wellington.
Have you ever wanted to write a song but didn’t quite know how to start? Or do you love writing songs and want to share your passion with others? Here’s an opportunity for songwriters to share their expertise and for beginners to learn, maybe start writing a song. All welcome.
Enquiries contact Murray Kilpatrick at email@example.com or phone landline 239 9951
Photo by Gavin Whitner, www.musicoomph.com
7.30pm on Thursday 26 April (the day after Anzac Day) at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: a mere $5 for all (so we can pay for the venue)
This month’s concert will be a sing-around format honouring Anzac Day. Please bring along your songs, poems, or stories about (any) war and peace to share.
Let’s come together and sing to try to make this a happier and safer world for all.
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided. Love to have you with us, and perhaps bring a friend.
7.30pm on Thursday 22 March at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: a mere $5 if you’re performing, $10 if you’re not (so we can pay for the venue)
He looks quite formal but really he’s just waiting for you to celebrate by coming along with something Irish to sing, play or dance.
The Acoustic Routes singaround nights are renowned for their variety, pathos, humour, and generally being a darn good time (to be sure). This one will be compered by our own resident Irishman, Roy McGuinness. It’s the day after the Spooky Men’s Chorale concert – see you there!